Sunday, October 23, 2011
Pac-12 BCS standings reaction
By Ted Miller
Stanford is squarely in the national title race.
The Cardinal moved up from No. 8 to No. 6 in the BCS standings released Sunday.
The Cardinal are No. 3 in the coaches poll and No. 4 in the Harris poll, the two human polls that count in the standings. It's rated No. 9 with the computers, with a high of 6 and low of 21 (the high and low scores are dropped).
But with games against USC and Oregon ahead, as well as the Pac-12 championship game, Stanford should see its computer standing go up significantly if it keeps on winning.
The top five: LSU is No. 1, Alabama No. 2, Oklahoma State No. 3, Boise State No. 4 and Clemson No. 5.
Stanford fans are now rooting hard for Oklahoma State and Clemson to lose. Boise State will eventually fall behind Stanford if both teams remain undefeated.
ESPN numbers guru Brad Edwards said Sunday night that if Clemson, Boise State and Stanford each finished undefeated, the Cardinal would end up on top, with Clemson second.
Oklahoma State, if it finished undefeated, might be another matter. The Cowboys are No. 1 with the computers and have a rugged remaining schedule. The question is can the Cowboys win-out with Kansas State and Oklahoma ahead?
Meanwhile, Oregon is the top one-loss team at No. 7. The Ducks are not out of it if things go haywire, which has happened before.
The Ducks are seventh in both human polls and 12th with the computers.
Arizona State is 21st in the standings.
Bottom line: With Wisconsin and Oklahoma losing over the weekend, the Pac-12 is a much bigger player in the BCS standings.